Mineral Resources External Research Program (MRERP) 2006

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2006 Mineral Resources External Research Program recipients and final reports.

The Mineral Resources Program (MRP) offered a grant and/or cooperative agreement opportunity to any individual who has the ability to conduct research consistent with MRP goals and who is not employed by a Federal agency in January 2006. Applicants can be affiliated (but are not required to be affiliated) with universities, State agencies, Tribal governments or organizations, industry, or other private sector groups. Seventy-seven proposals were submitted to the Mineral Resources External Research Program (MRERP) that met the goals of the MRP. The proposals were reviewed by a panel of 7 research scientists (3 from USGS and 4 external to the USGS) and the MRP is pleased to announce that it supported the following 15 proposals, listed in alphabetical order by principal investigator:

Proposal Title: Comparative Analysis of Fluid Inclusion Geochemistries from World-Class and Small-Scale Zn-Pb Deposits in the Ozark Plateau Using Laser Ablation ICP-MS and Raman Spectroscopy

Principal Investigator: Martin S. Appold
Affiliation: University of Missouri-Columbia
Award No. 06HQGR0178
Final Report File Provided:

Proposal Title: Devonian-Pennsylvanian Paleographic Reconstruction of the Arctic Alaska Terrane and Its Relation to Sedimentary-Hosted Ore Deposits

Principal Investigator: Robert B. Blodgett
Affiliation: Bob's Stratigraphy, Anchorage, AK
Award No. 06HQGR0199
Final Report File Provided:

Proposal Title: Collaborative Research on Fluid Pathways and Metal Transport in Carlin-Type Gold Deposits: Insights from the Getchell Deposit

Principal Investigator: Jean S. Cline
Affiliation: University of Nevada Las Vegas
Award No. 06HQGR0179
Final Report Files Provided:

Proposal Title: Geochronology of Iron Oxide-Copper-Thorium-REE Mineralization in Proterozoic Rocks at Lemhi Pass, Idaho, and a Comparison to Copper-Cobalt Ores, Blackbird Mining District, Idaho

Principal Investigator: Virginia S. Gillerman
Affiliation: Idaho Geological Survey
Award No. 06HQGR0170
Final Report File Provided:

Proposal Title: 40Ar/39Ar Geochronology of Colorado Mineral Belt Magmatism

Principal Investigator: Matthew T. Heizler
Affiliation: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Award No. 06HQGR0172
Final Report Files Provided:

Proposal Title: Defining Spatio-Temporal Patterns in Hydrothermal Flow Using Apatite Fission-Track Thermochronology; Implications for the Genesis of Carlin-Type Au-Deposits in North-Central Nevada

Principal Investigator: Kenneth A. Hickey and Richard M. Tosdal
Affiliation: University of British Columbia
Award No. 06HQGR0182
Final Report Files Provided:

Proposal Title: Characterizing the Speciation, Distribution, and Correlation of Heavy Metals in Mine Wastes Using Synchrotron Radiation Techniques

Principal Investigator: Christopher S. Kim
Affiliation: Chapman University
Award No. 06HQGR0181
Final Report File Provided:

Proposal Title: Sulfide Dissolution Rates Studied by Vertical Scanning Interferometry: Comparison with and Application to Studies in Laboratory and Natural Setting

Principal Investigator: Andreas Luttge
Affiliation: Rice University
Award No. 06HQGR0175
Final Report File Provided:

Proposal Title: Magnetite in Hydrothermal Orebodies and Host Rocks in the Proterozoic Belt Supergroup

Principal Investigator: Jeffrey L. Mauk
Affiliation: University of Auckland
Award No. 06HQGR0173
Final Report File Provided:

Proposal Title: Service Lifetimes of Mineral End Uses: Analyzing Potential for Increased Use of Secondary Metals

Principal Investigator: David B. Mueller and Thomas E. Graedel
Affiliation: Yale University
Award No. 06HQGR0174
Final Report Files Provided:

Proposal Title: The Geology and Genesis of the Yerington Porphyry Copper District: A Four Dimensional Study

Principal Investigator: John M. Proffett
Affiliation: Proffett Exploration, Inc., Eagle River, AK
Award No. 06HQGR0171
Final Report Files Provided:

Proposal Title: Differentiating Crustal Fluids in the Eastern Tintina Gold Province of Alaska and Yukon: Implications for the Genesis and Distribution of Gold Ores

Principal Investigator: John Ridley
Affiliation: Colorado State University
Award No. 06HQGR0180
Final Report File Provided:

Proposal Title: Microbial Community Structure: A Biological Assessment Tool For Metal-Impacted Watersheds in the Central Colorado Assessment Project

Principal Investigator: Timberley M. Roane
Affiliation: University of Colorado-Denver
Award No. 06HQGR0196
Final Report File Provided:

Proposal Title: Dismembered Laramide Porphyry Deposits in Southern Arizona: Links to Catalina Core Complex

Principal Investigator: Eric Seedorff
Affiliation: University of Arizona
Award No. 06HQGR0176
Final Report File Provided:

Proposal Title: Controls on Antimony Speciation and Mobility in Legacy Mine Tailings Environments: A Case Study of Mineral Occurrences in the Tintina Gold Province, Alaska and Yukon

Principal Investigator: Tom Trainor
Affiliation: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Award No. 06HQGR0177
Final Report File Provided:

Mineral Resources Program Goals 2006-2010

The long-term goals of the Mineral Resources Program, as described in the Program's five-year plan for FY 2006-2010 are as follows:

  1. Ensure availability of up-to-date quantitative assessments of potential for undiscovered mineral deposits
  2. Ensure availability of up-to-date geoenvironmental assessments of priority Federal lands
  3. Ensure availability of reliable geologic, geochemical, geophysical, and mineral locality data for the United States
  4. Ensure availability of long-term data sets describing mineral production and consumption

“The views and conclusions contained in the progress report documents posted herein are those of non-U.S. Geological Survey authors and should not be interpreted as necessarily representing the views or official policies, either expressed or implied, of the U.S. Government.”

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